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Australian EMS operator renames – CareFlight becomes LifeFlight

Australian EMS operator renames – CareFlight becomes LifeFlight

A new era in Australian aeromedical care was ushered in this morning with CareFlight changing its name to LifeFlight. LifeFlight Chairman Rob Borbidge made the announcement in Brisbane and said the change of name reflected the growth and renewal phase which the company was undergoing. Mr Borbidge said all organisations changed and evolved and the… Read more »

Source: LifeFlight, 12-Jul-16

LifeFlight of Maine orders three AW109SP GrandNew helicopters

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today the sale of three GrandNew helicopters in EMS configuration to long-time US customer, LifeFlight of Maine. The new helicopters will transition into a mixed fleet of aircraft to deliver advanced in-flight patient care and transport to critically injured patients across the state of Maine. Equipped with a modern, comprehensive EMS interiorfeaturing a… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 12-Jul-16

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Metro Aviation completes first two H135s in USA

Metro Aviation completes first two H135s in USA

Metro Aviation has delivered two Airbus Helicopters H135 (P3) aircraft to California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR), the first of five H135 air medical transport helicopters the operator ordered last year. CALSTAR is the first U.S. customer for this significantly improved and updated variant of the most popular twin-engine helicopter chosen by air medical transport… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 11-Jul-16

AAMS replies to HEMS regulation criticism

AAMS replies to HEMS regulation criticism

In the words of the late Yogi Berra, “it seems like deja vu, all over again.” In an article entitled, “Medicare Can Actually Push HEMS To Rationality,” the author repeats many of the assertions that have divided the air medical community for years, while not offering any proof to substantiate them. The author claims the… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 08-Jul-16

Helinet makes three key appointments

Helinet makes three key appointments

Helinet Aviation Services today announced the appointments of Jim Adams, Arnold Kleiner and Thomas Norton to its board of directors. Helinet is the leading provider of airborne surveillance solutions, patient and organ transport and news coverage helicopters and pilots, as well as the largest, most respected charter service on the West Coast. The three directors… Read more »

Source: Helinet, 07-Jul-16

Police Aviation News – July 2016 Edition

    The July 2016 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here  

Source: Police Aviation News, 03-Jul-16

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company provides alternate helipad for local hospital

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company provides alternate helipad for local hospital

BGE and the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) have finalized an agreement to utilize BGE’s Spring Gardens Facility in Baltimore as an alternate landing site for medevac helicopters transporting patients to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center / University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). A simulated patient transport, including a test helicopter landing… Read more »

Source: BGE, 02-Jul-16

Minimal showing from Airbus Helicopters at Farnborough 2016

The following is an extract from an Airbus Group press release and suggest that the helicopter aspects of the Group’s display at Farnborough will be minimal:- The twin-engine H145 will be on static display, representing Airbus Helicopters’ most advanced rotary wing offering, including the latest engines and Helionix advanced avionics suite. The H145, which will… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 01-Jul-16

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Wales Air Ambulance to add fourth EC135

Wales Air Ambulance to add fourth EC135

Wales is set to have the biggest air ambulance operation in the UK, as its service launches a fourth helicopter.   Wales Air Ambulance will operate its additional aircraft – an EC135 T2e – from Cardiff Heliport. Since its launch in 2001, it has flown 24,000 missions across the country. Its current fleet of three helicopters… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 29-Jun-16

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Helipad launched at Sheffield hospital

Helipad launched at Sheffield hospital

Today marks the launch of a new state-of-the-art helipad, at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, with funding over £1 million from the HELP Appeal – the only charity in the country dedicated to delivering helicopter landing pads at all Major Trauma Centres and key A&E hospitals across England and Scotland. The site is now fully… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 29-Jun-16

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NEMSPA opens nominations for 2016 Pilot of the Year

NEMSPA opens nominations for 2016 Pilot of the Year

As the announcement on the Home Page of the NEMSPA website says, “Each year the National EMS Pilots Association accepts nominations from the nation’s air medical transport community to recognize an EMS Pilot who stands out in the areas of Professionalism, Technical Knowledge, Leadership and dedication to Safety. We invite anyone in the air medical… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 29-Jun-16

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EHAC experts debate on the Future of HEMS in Europe

EHAC experts debate on the Future of HEMS in Europe

“People in medical emergencies – aren’t they our most important motivation?” asked the President of EHAC Stefan Becker at the beginning of the symposium of the European HEMS and Air Ambulance Committee (EHAC). More than 50 experts from all parts of Europe discussed the situation and further development of air rescue from 15-16 June 2016… Read more »

Source: EHAC, 28-Jun-16

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First Photo – AW169 for Lincs Notts Air Ambulance in UK

First Photo – AW169 for Lincs Notts Air Ambulance in UK

The accompanying photo is the first published image of the new AgustaWestland AW169 for Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance in the UK.   This aircraft will replace an MD902 Explorer at their base on the old RAF Waddington military base.  Currently being flown on the Italian test registration I-RAIS, the intended British registration G-LNAC is visible. … Read more »

23-Jun-16

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Rega becomes first European helicopter operator certified by CAMTS

Rega becomes first European helicopter operator certified by CAMTS

The Swiss Air Rescue Rega has been certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) at the end of May 2016, an approval which is valid for three years. Rega is the first European organization that has been certified for medical helicopter and for medically escorted repatriations. “We believe that the verification… Read more »

Source: Rega, 23-Jun-16

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STARS now carries blood for life-saving transfusions

STARS now carries blood for life-saving transfusions

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) is the first air medical program in Canada to begin stocking blood in advance for life-saving transfusions. Manitoba Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living, Kelvin Goertzen visited the STARS Winnipeg base today to announce the new service offered by STARS in Manitoba. “A prompt response can mean… Read more »

Source: STARS, 22-Jun-16

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Kagoshima International Aviation orders another GrandNew

Kagoshima International Aviation orders another GrandNew

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today with its distributor Kaigai Corporation of Japan that Kagoshima International Aviation has placed an order for a second AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin engine helicopter to perform emergency medical service (EMS) missions in Kagoshima Prefecture. The aircraft is expected to enter service in the autumn of 2016. This latest purchase is part of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 20-Jun-16

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Helinet takes two helicopters to American Heroes Air Show

Helinet takes two helicopters to American Heroes Air Show

Two helicopters from Helinet Aviation Services will participate in the American Heroes Air Show on Saturday, June 18, at Hansen Dam in the San Fernando Valley. The show is the nation’s premier, helicopter-only, admission-free aviation event designed to demonstrate to the public, media and community officials the vital and diverse roles of rotary aviation. American… Read more »

Source: Helinet, 19-Jun-16

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California EMS operators REACH and CALSTAR to merge

California EMS operators REACH and CALSTAR to merge

REACH Air Medical Services LLC (“REACH”) and CALIFORNIA SHOCK TRAUMA AIR RESCUE (“CALSTAR”), two of the preeminent air medical ambulance providers in Northern and Central California for three decades, are entering into an agreement that will place CALSTAR within the same corporate holding company as REACH (“REACH Medical Holdings LLC”). In a joint announcement, REACH… Read more »

Source: REACH, 17-Jun-16

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Wales Air Ambulance moves into new HQ

Wales Air Ambulance moves into new HQ

Wales Air Ambulance has moved into the charity’s first owned home, after a 12-month project to build a new headquarters and airbase for its South Wales operation.  The service has transferred the EC135 from its previous southern base at Swansea Airport and fundraising staff to a purpose-built facility at Llanelli Gate, Dafen and aircrews have… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 17-Jun-16

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Singing River and Ochsner bring EMS EC135 to Gulf Coast

Singing River and Ochsner bring EMS EC135 to Gulf Coast

Singing River Health System and Ochsner Health System today announced a new partnership that will bring lifesaving helicopter transportation to the Gulf Coast area. Effective today, the Ochsner Flight Care Program, operated by Med-Trans Corporation, will base a helicopter at Ocean Springs Hospital and will be available to provide emergency air transport for critically ill… Read more »

Source: Ochsner, 15-Jun-16

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UK – The Air Ambulance Service marks 25,000th mission

UK – The Air Ambulance Service marks 25,000th mission

The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) has recently confirmed the completion of its 25,000th mission, a massive achievement.  In reaching this total, it has three AgustaWestland AW109 helicopters and night support by road.  No figure has been released for how many of the 25,000 missions were by road, and how many by air. The landmark call… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jun-16

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DRF changes supplier for H135 EMS interiors

DRF changes supplier for H135 EMS interiors

After the successful commissioning of the first five H145 helicopters with HEMS equipment from Bucher, DRF Luftrettung has now placed an order for two more AC70 HEMS kits. The innovative equipment has been designed and developed in close cooperation with users. The ergonomic and flexible design of the equipment is very popular in the market…. Read more »

Source: Bucher, 14-Jun-16

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HELP charity donates £40K to upgrade Scottish EMS helipad

HELP charity donates £40K to upgrade Scottish EMS helipad

The emergency helicopter landing pad at Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway has had a state-of-the-art upgrade thanks to a £40,000 donation from the HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads) Appeal – the only charity in the UK dedicated to funding the construction of hospital helipads. NHS Western Isles received the surprise cash injection from the HELP… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 14-Jun-16

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AMGH to launch dedicated EMS venture in India with new Airbus H130s

AMGH to launch dedicated EMS venture in India with new Airbus H130s

Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), a leading U.S. provider of air medical transport services, has ordered new Airbus Helicopters H130s to launch the first-ever dedicated helicopter emergency medical services operation in India. AMGH has joined forces with an Indian firm, Aviators Air Rescue, and will initiate emergency medical services later this year. The new venture… Read more »

Source: AMGH, 13-Jun-16

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FAA and unions target pilot mental health issues

FAA and unions target pilot mental health issues

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working with commercial airlines and pilots’ unions to improve mental health evaluations, and encourage voluntary reporting of pilot mental health issues. An Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) comprised of aviation and medical experts has made several recommendations about pilot medical fitness. “Safety is always our first… Read more »

Source: FAA, 09-Jun-16

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Canada – Ornge wins medical challenge

Canada – Ornge wins medical challenge

Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services, took first place at the 2016 Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) Simulation Olympiad. This is the first time Ornge has participated in the competition. The team consisted of two Ornge Critical Care Flight Paramedics and two Physicians. “I was extremely proud to see the Ornge… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 08-Jun-16

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Grant-funded helipad at Derriford Hospital completes first year with 280 landings

Grant-funded helipad at Derriford Hospital completes first year with 280 landings

There have been over 280 air ambulance and search and rescue helicopter landings at Derriford Hospital since the helipad was opened in June 2015. Many of the patients have been involved in vehicle incidents or sustained falls. Before the helipad was built, the hospital had to settle for a grassy set-down area for air ambulances… Read more »

Source: HELP, 08-Jun-16

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Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance takes delivery of AW169

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance takes delivery of AW169

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT) has taken delivery of their new AgustaWestland AW169, supplied under contract by Specialist Aviation Services.  The helicopter will replace one of the two older MD902 helicopters currently in service and greatly increases the operational capacity of the life-saving service.  Every year the specialist doctors and paramedics treat nearly… Read more »

Source: AW169, 07-Jun-16

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance adds doctors to team

Yorkshire Air Ambulance adds doctors to team

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) has worked with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) and commissioners to launch a new Yorkshire Critical Care Team which will see 11 consultants in emergency medicine and anaesthesia working on the life-saving helicopter 12 hours a day, every day of the year. The team will carry additional drugs as… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 06-Jun-16

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Police Aviation News – June 2016 Edition

  The June 2016 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here

Source: Police Aviation News, 03-Jun-16

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New CFO joins Air Methods

New CFO joins Air Methods

Air Methods announced that Peter Csapo will join America’s largest air medical provider and helicopter operator as chief financial officer (CFO). Csapo will begin his new role effective June 6, succeeding Trent Carman who will be stepping down from his role of more than 13 years. Csapo most recently served as chief financial officer and… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 02-Jun-16

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Honeywell signs up Australian Helicopters, Toll Group and SFS Aviation

Honeywell signs up Australian Helicopters, Toll Group and SFS Aviation

Honeywell has signed three new avionics protection plan agreements with Australian Helicopters, Toll Remote Logistics in Australia and SFS Aviation in Thailand. The three-year agreements cover a total of 17 helicopters under the Honeywell avionics protection plan, which include AgustaWestland AW139 and Sikorsky’s S-76 model. The Honeywell avionics protection plan offers commercial helicopters, business aviation… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 02-Jun-16

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Viejas partners with REACH Air for EMS helicopter in San Diego County

Viejas partners with REACH Air for EMS helicopter in San Diego County

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and REACH Air Medical Services recently opened a new helicopter base on the Viejas Reservation. Helicopter services will provide life-saving medical support to local communities, as well as offer secondary support to REACH bases in San Diego, Imperial, and Riverside counties. “We value our partnership with REACH and we… Read more »

Source: REACH, 02-Jun-16

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Sanford AirMed moving from airport to new hospital pad

Sanford AirMed moving from airport to new hospital pad

In recent years, Sanford AirMed in North Dakota has had to base their Airbus EC145 out of Fargo Airport due to the over-development of the hospital site. With the construction of the new Sanford Medical Center Fargo that will be reversed as it has been designed with a helipad on top of the ground ambulance… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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Air Evac EMS sues insurance company for $10 million

Air Evac EMS sues insurance company for $10 million

Air ambulance operator Air Evac EMS Inc. has reportedly said it is owed $10 million by Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield (ABCBS), for medical flights provided to policyholders.  The company has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Little Rock last month to collect the money. The issue surrounds a payment cap of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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Mercy Flight Western New York opens new facility

Mercy Flight Western New York opens new facility

Mercy Flight Western New York have this week opened a new facility in Springville, behind the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. The ribbon cutting and blessing ceremony was completed on Monday afternoon.  The 3,600-square-foot hangar and Mercy EMS base is expected to improve response times by allowing the nonprofit organization to position its aircraft and crews closer… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-May-16

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Wisconsin – MedLink Air to trial second helicopter for six months

Wisconsin – MedLink Air to trial second helicopter for six months

Gundersen Health System is starting a  trial on 1st June to see whether the move is feasible in the long term.  No helicopter type has been mentioned.  Their MedLink Air program serves La Crosse, Wisconsin and surrounding areas within a 150-mile radius, including communities through the tri-state region of western Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa and southeastern… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-May-16

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UK Childrens Air Ambulance to fly two AW169s

UK Childrens Air Ambulance to fly two AW169s

The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) have confirmed to HeliHub.com that they are to add two AgustaWestland AW169s to their fleet, and both will be dedicated to their pediatric operation, known as The Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA).  One will be based in North and one in the South of England in order to provide a national… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-16

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Airbus highlights EMS capabilities at HeliRussia 2016

Airbus highlights EMS capabilities at HeliRussia 2016

Airbus Helicopters will participate in the international helicopter industry exhibition HeliRussia 2016 held in Moscow on May 19-21. “Airbus Helicopters, as a leader with over 50% of the market share in the EMS segment, is ready to contribute to the development of the emerging market of emergency medical services in Russia,” said Emeric Lhomme, CEO… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 17-May-16

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AAMS responds to high-cost accusation aimed at air medical operators

AAMS responds to high-cost accusation aimed at air medical operators

Mr. Jesse Laslovich, candidate for Montana state auditor, recently distributed an article, “Air ambulance flights add insult to injury,” suggesting air medical providers are the primary cause for the high cost of transporting critically ill patients. That position overlooks the insurance industry’s responsibility to cover their beneficiaries’ emergency medical needs. Simply put, some insurance companies… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 16-May-16

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STARS Lottery Saskatchewan celebrates fifth anniversary

STARS Lottery Saskatchewan celebrates fifth anniversary

STARS has flown more than 3,000 missions to more than 400 communities across Saskatchewan since it established operations in the province in 2012. The missions have been made possible with the help of STARS Lottery, which is now celebrating its fifth birthday. The lottery officially kicked off today with 2019 prizes valued at more than… Read more »

Source: STARS, 16-May-16

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LCI delivers first of four AW139 to Westpac in Australia

LCI delivers first of four AW139 to Westpac in Australia

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation leasing arm of the Libra Group, has delivered the first new AW139 helicopter to Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service based in Australia. The aircraft is currently en route and will arrive at Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service’s main base in Newcastle, New South Wales, in June to enable pilots along with… Read more »

Source: LCI, 13-May-16

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Londons Air Ambulance launches photo competition for 2017 calendar

Londons Air Ambulance launches photo competition for 2017 calendar

We have launched a photography competition calling on the public to submit photos of our helicopters and rapid response car fleet to fill our 2017 Charity Calendar. Money raised from the sale of the calendar will help us to deliver our advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London, and continue saving lives in… Read more »

Source: Londons Air Ambulance, 13-May-16

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Illinois Dept Transportation names their Heliport of the Year

Illinois Dept Transportation names their Heliport of the Year

Located in a rural area, Clay County Hospital is located in a less easiliy accessible area.  As a critical access hospital, it focuses on common conditions and outpatient care, and frequently needs to refer patients with other conditions to other hospitals. In turn this means more than 100 Clay County helicopter transports per year, mostly… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-May-16

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Babcock confirm Wales Air Ambulance to start night flying

Babcock confirm Wales Air Ambulance to start night flying

Wales Air Ambulance (WAA) provides an airborne EMS service to Wales, part of the United Kingdom.  At present they have three Airbus EC135s, and contract with Babcock MCS Onshore (ex Bond Air Services) for the provision of aircraft, pilots and so on.  They operate from three bases to cover the area efficiently.  Additionally, they have… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-May-16

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Wales Air Ambulance – night flights or specialist pediatric EC135?

Wales Air Ambulance – night flights or specialist pediatric EC135?

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Source: HeliHub.com, 12-May-16

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PHi First Quarter turnover down 20%

PHi First Quarter turnover down 20%

PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. Consolidated operating revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2016 were $164.0 million, compared to $204.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2016, a decrease of $40.2 million. Oil and Gas… Read more »

Source: PHi, 10-May-16

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LifeFlight Eagle agrees hangar deal at Chillicothe Airport

LifeFlight Eagle agrees hangar deal at Chillicothe Airport

Following an announcement in March that they would move a medical helicopter from Trenton to Chillicothe, Lifeflight Eagle have now had a new hangar approved.  The Chillicothe City Council has approved an ordinance authorizing a lease for the hangar, which will be built on the southwest edge of the airport’s land, and will include living… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-May-16

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance go 24×7 – but on four wheels

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance go 24×7 – but on four wheels

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) is to introduce a 24 hour day seven day week life-saving service via its Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs) – it was announced today Trustees approved the decision at its latest Board Meeting in April (26.4.16) in order to meet its vision to provide the highest level of clinical… Read more »

Source: EHAAT, 10-May-16

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New Mexico – Lifeguard Air Emergency Services to launch AW119Kx operations

New Mexico – Lifeguard Air Emergency Services to launch AW119Kx operations

Tomorrow 10th May 2016 at 3pm local time, the University of New Mexico Hospital’s Lifeguard Air Emergency Services, will launch its new helicopter service with the dedication of its newest emergency medical transport aircraft – an AgustaWestland AW119Kx Koala helicopter. The helicopter, owned by SevenBar Aviation, is equipped with medical-crisis treatment capabilities – blood reserves,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-May-16

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Mobile Critical Care Unit to help with Nova Scotia LifeFlight helipad Issue

Mobile Critical Care Unit to help with Nova Scotia LifeFlight helipad Issue

A new Emergency Health Services (EHS) mobile critical care ground-transfer unit is now providing intensive care for EHS LifeFlight patients en route to Halifax hospitals. This unit was originally planned for launch later this year. It was moved up in response to a recent change in Transport Canada policy that prohibited the EHS LifeFlight helicopter… Read more »

Source: Nova Scotia Health, 03-May-16

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Police Aviation News – May 2016 Edition

  The May 2016 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here

Source: Police Aviation News, 03-May-16

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Vanderbilt LifeFlight to open base at Cookeville, Tennessee

Vanderbilt LifeFlight to open base at Cookeville, Tennessee

In partnership with Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and Vanderbilt LifeFlight will soon be expanding its footprint to serve the Upper Cumberland region by adding an emergency helicopter base in Cookeville, Tennessee.  Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) CEO Paul Korth said the addition of the helicopter is a “win-win” for everyone,… Read more »

Source: Vanderbilt, 29-Apr-16

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Klickitat Valley Health puts helipad into operation

Klickitat Valley Health puts helipad into operation

The helipad came with a price tag of about $190,000 that covered all its related expenses. And among the chief contributors paying that bill was the KVH Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organization created to assist the hospital through charitable and fundraising outreaches.  See full story

Source: Goldendale Sentinel, 28-Apr-16

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MediCopter gets new HEMS contract in Stockholm

MediCopter gets new HEMS contract in Stockholm

Stockholm’s County Council has publicly announced that it has awarded a new contract for airborne emergency medical services in the Stockholm region to Scandinavian MediCopter. The new contract will be valid from 1 December 2017 to 30 November 2022, with an option to extend the period by two additional years. The decision comes after a… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 27-Apr-16

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Life Link III awarded re-accreditation by CAMTS

Life Link III awarded re-accreditation by CAMTS

Life Link III is pleased to announce that it has been awarded re-accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) for both its rotor wing and fixed wing services. The CAMTS accreditation status is one of the most prestigious industry designations that may be achieved and extends across the entire Life Link… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 26-Apr-16

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STARS Air Ambulance warns of Alberta scam

STARS Air Ambulance warns of Alberta scam

In a post on its Facebook page, STARS says a number of Albertans have received calls from someone claiming to be a STARS lottery representative telling the would-be victim they have won a prize, but in order to have it shipped to them they must first transfer a certain amount of money  See full story

Source: Global News, 26-Apr-16

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Midwest Medair to hold hangar groundbreaking ceremony at Audubon

Midwest Medair to hold hangar groundbreaking ceremony at Audubon

Midwest Medair has announced their groundbreaking ceremony for the MedAir 1 helicopter hanger at Audubon County Airport, Audubon, Iowa, this Friday. Everyone welcome for pictures, meet & greet, and a small informational session. Midwest Medical Transport Company is also having an open house that day on Friday, April 29, from 9-11 and you are welcome… Read more »

Source: Midwest Medair, 26-Apr-16

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Australia – No space for helipad at the new hospital

Australia – No space for helipad at the new hospital

Health bureaucrats in charge of the new Byron Central Hospital have confirmed that the new $88m facility will not have a helipad.  See full story

Source: Echo Net Daily, 19-Apr-16

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North Arkansas Regional Medical Center helipad dedicated

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center helipad dedicated

Even though AirEvac has been using its helicopter base adjacent to North Arkansas Regional Medical Center on Main Street for about three months, it’s officially open now.  See full story

Source: Harrison Daily, 18-Apr-16

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STARS gives away four houses and six cars in $5.6M of lottery prizes

STARS gives away four houses and six cars in $5.6M of lottery prizes

Many Albertans have cause to celebrate, following the announcement of the 2016 STARS lottery grand prize winners today. The lottery raised more than $11.5 million net for the non-profit, with 3,200 prizes worth more than $5.6 million retail. Lethbridge residents and Edmonton show home winners Ed and Marlene Grinnell were thrilled to learn they had… Read more »

Source: STARS, 15-Apr-16

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Plans approved for Med-Trans hangar at Greene County Municipal Airport

Plans approved for Med-Trans hangar at Greene County Municipal Airport

Plans approved by the local planning commission on Tuesday call for the helicopter hangar and helipad to lie as close to the existing runway and taxiway as possible, limiting the need for the aircraft to fly over parked cars while landing at the airport.  See full story

Source: Greenville Sun, 14-Apr-16

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EDA launches market survey on in-theatre helicopter medevac

EDA launches market survey on in-theatre helicopter medevac

Since the creation of the European Defence Agency in 2004, support to the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and to EU operations has been one of EDA’s core missions. Several activities are now ongoing to develop the support of CSDP military and civilian operations or missions as well as EU Battlegroups at the request… Read more »

Source: EDA, 14-Apr-16

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STARS thanks Albertans with a symbol of gratitude on helicopters

STARS thanks Albertans with a symbol of gratitude on helicopters

In February, we issued a plea to Albertans. A stormy economic climate had led to slumping STARS lottery ticket sales, and it was in danger of not selling out for the first time in its 23-year history. The response from Albertans was overwhelming. Our phone lines were jammed and website traffic surged. Albertans from rural… Read more »

Source: STARS, 13-Apr-16

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Great North Air Ambulance to feature in second series of Air Ambulance ER

Great North Air Ambulance to feature in second series of Air Ambulance ER

The second series of Air Ambulance ER will broadcast at 9pm on Monday nights on Sky One. The show features the work of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), which operates across the North-East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria. Filming took place last summer at both the charity’s bases, at Durham Tees Valley Airport near Darlington and at Langwathby,… Read more »

Source: GNAA, 11-Apr-16

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StarFlight Australia launches – an Australian-Turkish joint venture

StarFlight Australia launches – an Australian-Turkish joint venture

Two iconic aviation organisations have joined forces to officially launch Australia’s latest aviation company, StarFlight Australia, which features access to factory new, fully equipped and compliant Russian Kamov Ka-32A11BC helicopters for firefighting and AgustaWestland (Finmecannica Helicopters) range of helicopters for emergency medical service and search and rescue missions in Australasia. The joint venture company was… Read more »

Source: StarFlight Australia, 11-Apr-16

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Name for second MD Explorer announced by London Air Ambulance

Name for second MD Explorer announced by London Air Ambulance

Four year old Ethan from Hornchurch is one of the lucky winners to name one of our helicopters. The winning name is ‘Rowan’ after his two year old sister. On a visit to our helipad at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel last week, Ethan and his sister got to see the chosen name. The… Read more »

Source: London Air Ambulance, 06-Apr-16

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REACH opens new base on the Viejas Reservation

REACH opens new base on the Viejas Reservation

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) recently opened a new helicopter base on the Viejas Reservation. Helicopter services will provide life-saving medical support to local communities, as well as offer secondary support to REACH bases in San Diego, Imperial, and Riverside counties. “We value our partnership with REACH and… Read more »

Source: REACH, 06-Apr-16

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UK – Planning approval reversed for Police and Air Ambulance heliport

UK – Planning approval reversed for Police and Air Ambulance heliport

South Gloucestershire Council has reversed its approval for a new helicopter base in Almondsbury following a legal challenge.  The heliport was planned to serve both the Great Western Air Ambulance and the National Police Air Service, whose helicopters are currently based at Filton Airfield.  Filton, most famous for its role in the development of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Apr-16

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Cornwall Air Ambulance extends HQ with help of banking fines

The new fundraising and volunteering building and the new clinical training room will certainly enhance the service that we offer to patients. While the medical team now has a dedicated area in which they concentrate on their studies, they can now accommodate more volunteers who raise vital funds to keep the air ambulance flying.  See… Read more »

Source: West Briton, 04-Apr-16

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Police Aviation News – April 2016 Edition

  The April 2016 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here

Source: Police Aviation News, 03-Apr-16

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United Rotorcraft display Bell 505 HEMS kit at FIDAE

United Rotorcraft display Bell 505 HEMS kit at FIDAE

United Rotorcraft today announced that the Bell 505 HEMS kit is on display in at FIDAE in Santiago, Chile until April 3, 2016. The HEMS kit, which can be found inside the Bell 505 mock-up at the Bell Chalet, includes a standard size litter with adjustable headrest that will be approved for taxi, take-off, and… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft, 01-Apr-16

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust to replace MD Explorer with AW169

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust to replace MD Explorer with AW169

Thanks to the support of the people and businesses of Essex and Hertfordshire, the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) has reached a milestone in its fundraising – enabling the charity to purchase its own helicopter for the first time in its 20 year history. Today (30 March 2016) Rob Forsyth, Chair of Trustees… Read more »

Source: EHAAT, 30-Mar-16

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Judge rejects North Dakota air ambulance law

Judge rejects North Dakota air ambulance law

Judge Daniel Hovland of U.S. District Court in Bismarck ruled in favor of Valley Med Flight, which argued that the state was trying to usurp federal law in creating a primary air ambulance carrier list.  See full story

Source: WDAZ, 30-Mar-16

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Scotland Charity Air Ambulance reports on 1,000th mission

Scotland Charity Air Ambulance reports on 1,000th mission

A leisurely Easter weekend walk on the slopes of Schiehallion in Highland Perthshire turned into a full scale emergency, prompting the landmark 1,000th rapid response from Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA). The country’s only charity-funded helicopter air ambulance was scrambled from its base at Perth Airport when emergency services received a call to say a… Read more »

Source: SCAA, 30-Mar-16

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